German Doner Kebab Hits Landmark Moment As It Opens Its 100th UK Restaurant

May 12, 2022

German Doner Kebab (GDK) will reach the major milestone of opening its 100th UK restaurant this week.

 
The landmark 100th site will open for customers tomorrow (Tuesday May 10th), in the heart of Covent Garden on St. Martins Lane, London, in the heart of the bustling Theatre District.

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The chain has always prided itself on crafting ‘expectation-defying kebabs’, elevating what is one of Britain’s most-loved late night takeaways to a new level of quality, freshness, and variety, all wrapped into a superior dining experience. GDK’s food is freshly prepared in front of customers, using open kitchens in all restaurants. An uncompromising focus on quality means GDK uses only premium and lean cuts of meat, fresh locally sourced vegetables, unique signature sauces made daily in each restaurant, and hand-made Turkish-style bread with its crisply toasted waffle pattern.

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To mark the 100th occasion, GDK hosted a weekend of launch activity to celebrate its significant milestone.

Over the last few years, GDK has cemented itself as a culturally forward-thinking brand, revolutionising the kebab in the UK, bringing a fresh, high-quality taste sensation that has made it the number one spot to enjoy a kebab.

Imran Sayeed, GDK CEO, said: “Opening our 100th UK restaurant is a landmark moment in the German Doner Kebab story.”

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German Doner Kebab Appoints New Managing Director For UK

March 16, 2022

German Doner Kebab has appointed Sofia Dimen as its new Managing Director for UK.

 
Sofia is the Founder of Basepoint Consulting and former Senior Commercial Consultant at OXYGY Ltd, a Bird & Bird International Law Firm, where she has worked with a range of top brands across the food and beverage sector including Greggs, Pret A Manger, Halo Burger, Daimon Brewery, Wagamama, amongst others.

Sofia has worked with many of the major high street brands to improve the understanding of the franchisee and franchisor relationship through behaviours and processes as well as auditing departments and boosting profitability from multinational PLCs to private equity and founder start-ups.

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Sofia replaces Daniel Bunce who was recently promoted to GDK International Global COO role to spearhead the brand’s international growth plans.

The past year saw the brand deliver a significant rise in UK total sales, up 75 per cent from the previous 12 months, with same-store sales for 2021 also up 27 per cent on 2020.

German Doner Kebab is revolutionising the kebab in the UK, bringing a fresh, high-quality taste sensation that has made it the number one spot to enjoy a kebab.

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Freshly prepared in front of customers, the game-changing kebabs are made using premium, lean, succulent meats and fresh local vegetables, served in handmade toasted breads with unique signature sauces.

Now employing over 3500 people in its restaurants throughout the country.

“I am excited to be joining German Doner Kebab and stepping into the role of MD,” said Sofia Dimen.

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Imran Sayeed, Group CEO said: “Sofia brings new expertise and talent to our leadership team and we are thrilled to welcome her into the GDK family as we build our brand awareness and bring an offering that is truly connecting with the Gen Z and Millennial audience.

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Glasgow-based German Doner Kebab serving up scores of new UK restaurants in 2022

February 8, 2022

Glasgow-headquartered German Doner Kebab is set to open 78 restaurants in the UK this year – creating thousands of jobs, and including new Scottish locations – while it is also targeting further international growth.

 
It says the plans seals its position as “the UK’s fastest-growing restaurant chain”, will build on the 39 restaurants opened during 2021, and will create about 2,900 jobs throughout the country.

The chain – part of the Hero Brands group – has outlined how new locations are set for Aberdeen, Leeds, Brighton, Portsmouth, Great Yarmouth, and Stoke – and additional sites in Glasgow and London.

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The “fast-casual brand” is already present in Scotland in Edinburgh, in December opening in the St James Quarter, its third restaurant in the city, and also present in the likes of Dundee and Stirling.

The latest expansion news comes as German Doner Kebab also flagged a “significant” rise in UK total sales in 2021, up 75 per cent from the previous 12 months. Same-store sales were also up, jumping 27 per cent from 2020.

The firm added that it has grown to more than 3,500 staff in its restaurants throughout the country, with a development pipeline of 350 franchise units over the next seven years.

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It also said it has grown “at great pace” in the UK, Sweden and Middle East, and is now “rapidly” expanding in the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia and across other key locations in Europe, with more than 80 restaurants worldwide.

Chief executive Imran Sayeed said: “2021 has proven to be a landmark year in the German Doner Kebab story; however, the next 12 months are going to be even bigger as we open 78 restaurants and double our UK portfolio.

“We have been extremely agile during the pandemic, listening to the needs of our customers, and responding to the huge demand for our game-changing kebabs.

“This has enabled us to build greater levels of brand awareness and customer loyalty as we bring the German Doner Kebab experience to more cities and towns throughout the UK.

“We are now looking forward to building on this wave of momentum as we develop the fast-casual brand of the future and bring a fresh and exciting alternative to the Gen Z and Millennial audience.”

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German Doner Kebab, which opened its first restaurant in Berlin in 1989, is pursuing international growth in 2022, with plans in place to open 11 restaurants in North America, while the brand is also set to open its first restaurant in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this year. Further growth is also set to be announced for Ireland and Spain.

Mr Sayeed continued: “The global demand reflects our position as one of the world’s most exciting fast-casual brands.

“We have developed strong franchise relationships in strategic global locations and we are now working closely with our partners to take forward development plans and expand our reach into new regions.”

The brand in October unveiled major global growth plans, including targeted rapid expansion in North America and the Middle East plus the UK – including opening up across New York, New Jersey and Houston in Texas in 2022.

By Emma Newlands

Source: Scotsman

German Doner Kebab Set To Open Twelve New Restaurants In The UK Over The Christmas Holiday

December 23, 2021

German Doner Kebab is set to open 12 new restaurants over the next 11 days of December.

 
The new locations will include Basingstoke, Barkingside, Bicester, Manchester Oxford Rd, Tottenham Hale, Willesden Green, Hammersmith, Sunderland, Greenford, Burton Upon Trent, Stirling, and Meadowhall Sheffield. The brand has already opened four restaurants during December.

The gourmet kebab chain has delivered on its commitment to open 47 new restaurants in the UK during 2021.

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The ambitious growth strategy has created in the region of 1800 new jobs throughout the country in the past 12 months.

German Doner Kebab is revolutionising the kebab in the UK, bringing a fresh, high-quality taste sensation that has made it the number one spot to enjoy a kebab.

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Freshly prepared in front of customers, the game-changing kebabs are made using premium, lean, succulent meats and fresh local vegetables, served in handmade toasted breads with unique signature sauces.

Imran Sayeed, CEO, said: “2021 has proven to be a landmark year in the German Doner Kebab story as we continue our mission of growing the fast-casual brand of the future.

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“It’s a huge statement for us to open 12 new restaurants in the last 11 days of the year and demonstrates how we are responding to the huge consumer demand across the UK regions.

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German Doner Kebab opening first Toronto location

July 30, 2021

German Doner Kebab will open a flagship restaurant in downtown Toronto, expanding it growth in Canada, according to a company press release.

 
Located at 246 Queen St. W., the restaurant opens next week, following the launch of its first two Canadian restaurants in Ottawa and Surrey last year. The restaurant will have a capacity of 40 seats and will create 30 jobs in the Toronto area.

The restaurant’s kebabs are made using lean meats and fresh local vegetables, served in handmade toasted breads with signature sauces, according to the release.

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The downtown Toronto location has been developed in partnership with franchisee Usman Ali, who is planning to develop 10 German Doner Kebabs throughout Canada in the next 10 years. Ali’s family has owns eight Popeyes and four Dairy Queen sites.

“The location doesn’t get any better, it’s in the heart of downtown. Period,” Ali said in the press release. “This amazing location will enable German Doner Kebab to bring its unique experience to the people of Toronto. “German Doner Kebab brings a compelling customer experience and a strong product. The experience of its leadership team is unrivalled too and we are looking forward to working closely with them to open in Downtown Toronto and developing our pipeline into the Toronto area.”

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The brand has over 70 restaurants across the globe and is embarking on growth across the U.K., Sweden, U.S. and the Middle East, with over 700 franchises signed-up to its global growth strategy.

“German Doner Kebab is a truly disruptive brand that has revolutionised the kebab industry,” Nigel Belton, German Doner Kebab managing director for North America said in the release. “Usman and his family represent everything we look for in our multi-unit franchise partners, bringing huge industry experience and a belief in our brand potential as we build the fast-casual brand of the future.”

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Based in Glasgow, Scotland, but started in Berlin, Germany in 1989, the brand has grown quickly in the U.K., Sweden and Middle East and hitting markets in the U.S., Canada, Saudi Arabia and Europe. The fast-casual brand plans to open 47 new restaurants in the U.K. in 2021.

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German Doner Kebab Announced As Best Emerging Franchise At Global Franchise Awards 2021

May 6, 2021

German Doner Kebab has been named the Best Emerging Franchise at the Global Franchise Awards 2021.

Now in its fourth year, the awards celebrate the brands that are working hardest to advance the cause of international franchising.

 
The judging panel is also made-up of franchise experts and international association leaders from across the globe.

The plans will almost double the fast-casual brand’s footprint as it continues its mission of bringing the GDK experience to more cities and towns throughout the UK.

The ambitious growth strategy will build on the 12 restaurants that were opened during 2020 and will bring in the region of 1800 new jobs throughout the country.

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The fast-casual brand of the future has also delivered a significant rise in UK total sales in 2020, up 81 per cent from the previous 12 months. Same-store sales for 2020 were also up 51 percent on 2019.

German Doner Kebab is revolutionising the kebab in the UK, bringing a fresh, high-quality taste sensation that has made it the number one spot to enjoy a kebab.

Freshly prepared in front of customers, the game-changing kebabs are made using premium, lean, succulent meats and fresh local vegetables, served in handmade toasted breads with unique signature sauces.

Imran Sayeed, CEO, said: “It is a true honour for us to be recognised as the best Emerging Franchise at the 2021 Global Franchise Awards.

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“The recognition reflects our relentless ambition of building the fast-casual brand of the future as we forge ahead with our global growth ambitions.

“This incredible performance has been delivered through the commitment of our people, franchise partners and entire supply chain, who have all brought us true ingenuity and innovation during an extremely challenging period for the hospitality industry.

“We would like to pay a special thanks to the entire German Doner Kebab family for their dedication and going on this amazing journey with us.

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“We now wish everyone the greatest success and prosperity as we emerge from Lockdown and embark on an exciting period of new growth across a resurgent sector.”

Imran Sayeed continued: “The next 12 months are going to be extremely exciting for German Doner Kebab as we expand our footprint and reach more consumers across the UK and our international growth regions.

“The global demand reflects our position as one of the world’s most exciting fast-casual brands.”

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, the brand is growing at great pace with 76 restaurants in UK, Europe and Middle East, and now rapidly expanding in the USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Ireland.

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German Doner Kebab to open 47 new restaurants in the UK by the end of this year

February 24, 2021

Fast casual brand German Doner Kebab has announced it is on track to open 47 new restaurants in the UK by the end of 2021, almost doubling its portfolio.

 
German Doner Kebab has seen UK total sales in 2020 increase 81% from the previous 12 months and opened 12 restaurants last year. Same-store sales for 2020 were also up 51% on 2019.

Key locations in the expansion will include Manchester, Newcastle, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Stockport, Stirling and additional sites in London and Glasgow. Rich Collie, who joined from Nando’s as head of project management, will manage the build-out of the expansion plans.

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GDK employs 1,500 people in the UK, with a development pipeline of 350 franchise units over the next seven years.

The brand will forge ahead with international growth in 2021 with sites planned for Canada and US following the launch of its first restaurant in Ottawa. Further growth is also set to be announced for Ireland and Spain, as well as Saudi Arabia.

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Chief executive Imran Sayeed said: “The next 12 months are going to be extremely exciting for GDK as we expand our footprint and reach more consumers across the UK and our international growth regions.”

He added: “We have developed strong franchise relationships in key global locations and we are now working closely with our partners to take forward development plans and bring the German Doner Kebab experience to new regions.”

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German Doner Kebab opened its first restaurant in Berlin in 1989. Based in Glasgow, the brand is owned by the Hero Brands group.

By Katherine Price

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German Doner Kebab Opens Its 50th Store In The UK

December 24, 2020

German Doner Kebab has this week opened its 50th restaurant in the UK.

The fast-casual brand has reached the landmark following the launch of its new restaurant in Peterborough.

 
The brand has forged ahead with relentless growth during the Pandemic, opening 13 new restaurants and creating in the region of 500 jobs throughout the country.

Key new locations already opened in 2020 include Nottingham, Bradford and additional sites in London and Edinburgh.

German Doner Kebab is revolutionising the kebab in the UK, bringing a fresh, high-quality taste sensation that has made it the number one spot to enjoy a kebab.

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Freshly prepared in front of customers, the game-changing kebabs are made using premium, lean, succulent meats and fresh local vegetables, served in handmade toasted breads with unique signature sauces.

Now employing over 1500 people throughout the country, the brand will have opened 50 new restaurants in the UK during the past three years and boasts a development pipeline of 350 franchise units over the next seven years.

Imran Sayeed, CEO, has heralded the landmark opening at Peterborough as the brand continues to disrupt the fast-casual space and evolve to meet the needs of its customers.

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He said: “Reaching 50 restaurants in the UK is a huge moment in our story and represents a huge achievement for everyone in the German Doner Kebab family.

“Our game-changing kebabs are revolutionising the kebab and this has driven huge consumer demand as we bring the German Doner Kebab experience to even more consumers across the country.

“We have found ourselves in very challenging times however we have remained agile and responsive to a fast-changing landscape, reaching our customers in new ways and developing exciting new products.

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“We are now looking forward to building this momentum further into 2021 as we maintain our mission of building the fast-casual brand of the future.”

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, German Doner Kebab is growing at great pace with 73 restaurants in UK, Europe and Middle East, and now rapidly expanding in the USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Ireland.

German Doner Kebab is owned by the Hero Brands group.

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German Doner Kebab hires former Nando’s exec

November 12, 2020

German Doner Kebab, which is set to open 12 restaurants by the end of 2020 in the UK, has appointed Rich Collie as head of Project Management. Collie, who has worked for Nando’s over the past eight years as a project manager, will oversee the build-out of GDK’s expansion plans, which includes opening 40 restaurants during 2021 and 350 over the next seven years, according to a company press release.

 
“Our game-changing kebabs are revolutionizing the kebab and we are excited to be bringing Rich into the German Doner Kebab family as we maintain our mission of building the fast-casual brand of the future,” CEO Imran Sayeed said in the release. “We are currently building further momentum in our plans for growth and have developed a strong growth pipeline with some of the UK’s most established franchise entrepreneurs.

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Collie, who will be responsible for the delivery of new restaurant fit-outs, liaising with contractors and consultants to meet brand standards and launch schedules, will also manage the building and maintaining of close relationships with German Doner Kebab’s multi-unit franchise partners as they build their respective restaurant portfolios.

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“It’s very exciting to be joining German Doner Kebab as it enters a new period of relentless growth,” Collie said. ‘”The brand has truly disrupted the fast-casual space in the U.K. and there is huge consumer demand throughout the country. GDK’s growth ambitions are second to none and I look forward to contributing to the success of the business as it matures and brings the German Doner Kebab experience to even more people across the U.K.”

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Based in Glasgow, Scotland, GDK has 70 restaurants in U.K., Europe and the Middle East, and is expanding in the U.S., Canada, Saudi Arabia and Ireland. Further international growth in 2020 includes two sites in Canada, two in Sweden and one in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The brand’s first site in North America opened in Canada’s Ottawa at the start of September, with a further restaurant opening recently in Surrey, Vancouver.

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German Doner Kebab signs franchise deals for 30 shops in Saudi and North America

August 11, 2020

Glasgow-based fast food chain German Doner Kebab has signed up franchise partners to open 30 outlets in Saudi Arabia and Canada and is in talks over a similar deal in the US.

 
Ajlan Bin Ajlan Group becomes master franchisee in Saudi Arabia, with an agreement to open 100 stores in 10 years for the brand which markets doner kebabs as a gourmet snack.

Franchise partners have been signed in Canada’s Ontario and British Columbia provinces, while negotiations are under way to open outlets in New York’s Manhattan, New Jersey and Houston, Texas.

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GDK, owned by Hero Brands, already has franchised stores in the UK, Sweden, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain. Its new partners have worked with brands including KFC, Starbucks and McDonalds.

Group franchise director global Jon Cullen said: “The interest and developments in recent months reflects our position as one of the world’s most exciting fast-casual brands.

“We have been building a number of new partnerships with experienced franchise investors during this time and plans are well on their way to open up a new region in the Middle East.

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“Our brand has truly disrupted the fast-casual space and has remained agile and responsive during what has been challenging trading conditions for the wider industry.”

Former United Wholesale cash and carry director Athif Sarwar bought the GDK brand through Hero Brands after discovering it on holiday in Dubai. The company has recruited executives from Taco Bell and TGI Fridays as it targets fast international growth.

GDK says it has received more than 300 inquiries from potential franchisees in recent months. Having continued to operate in partnership with Deliveroo during lockdown, it now employs more than 1000 people in the UK where it has opened 35 new restaurants in three years. It plans to open 350 franchise units over the next seven years. The firm says it has delivered 30,000 free meals to frontline NHS workers and vulnerable people.

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Cullen added: “Our unique fast-casual dining experience and our experienced senior team brings a strong proposition and opportunity to accomplished franchisers, which is being reflected in the strategic partnerships we are developing across the globe.

“Our current partners are the epitome of what we look for and we continue to work closely with them to strengthen our partnerships and build the most exciting fast-casual brand of the future.”

By Hamish Burns

Source: Insider